I'd like to talk about one of the songs I enjoy listening to the most. I listened to this song again and again over three days after first hearing it when I visited Hawaii several years ago. It's a famous one you may know and love as well—"From a Distance," sung by Bette Midler. It says so much about life, the world, and God. I'd like to share its message with you again and for us to ask ourselves if we can apply it more in our daily lives.
What does it mean to see things from a distance? It means taking on a big consciousness that views self and other, Earth
and humanity as one, rather than a little consciousness that divides things into my side and your side. When we're trapped in a little consciousness, we hate yielding and want to win in even the little things. However, if we view the world through a great consciousness, then we're able to overlook petty things. As it says in the lyrics, although there are allies and enemies in war, when we look at things from a distance, there is no reason people should kill each other.
I felt that the consciousness that sees things from a distance is in a very pure state, without attachments and far removed from desire. Our original nature is restored in such pure consciousness. Furthermore, we encounter the nature of God, or divinity.
is innate within us. I think the substance of that divinity is nature. It is not an artificial god created by man, but the God in nature, the life energy of nature. All things are connected in nature, and are full of harmony and life energy. When we connect to nature
, we feel God, and then we become able to see the world through the consciousness of God. Looking at the world with consciousness of God, we discover it is overflowing with the energy of love, hope, and peace.
As you listen to the song, feel the hope in the world. Isn't the creation of a world in which all are happy and peaceful the greatest, truest hope we can have? That will begin when each of us recovers the true nature
After listening to the song with a big consciousness, share your own realizations in the comments.
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